Protecting your Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property (IP) is a term that describes the application of the mind to develop something new or original. There are various types of IP available and they can exist in various forms; a new invention, brand, design or artistic creation.
Some IP rights require a formal process of application, examination and registration. Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) administer the following IP domains in South Africa: trademarks, patents, designs and copyright (films only).
There are various types of intellectual property:
The CIPC website contains detailed information on trademark registration, including details on:
Information on what can be registered and how to register a design is available on the CIPC website.
Detailed information on how to register a patent and how to find help with a patent registration is available on the CIPC website.
For more information on copyright and copyright infringement, visit the CIPC website.
Intellectual Property rights:
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